October 27, 2014

Thoughts On... Just One Year by Gayle Forman

I have to say, I'm a bit disappointed! To be honest, I think I went into the book expecting for Willem to meet Allyson/Lulu much earlier in the book and then being able to experience their romance again.

Much of this book is about Willem's journey to find this girl whose name he can no longer recall, but remembers that he had an extremely special day with. For me, that almost became a sub-plot because it no longer mattered in my mind. I became much more interested in his unconscious journey of his self discovery through trying to find Lulu.

I loved that this book took us as readers to so many different places in the world, and allowed us to experience the different cultures. Gayle Forman wrote in such a descriptive way such that sometimes I could picture the ruins around me, the smells, the street markets, the beautiful river and canals... There was something unique and distinct about each city we arrived at.

There's nothing else I have to say about this book! It was quite the adventure for sure with moments of reflection, humour, and obviously, sadness. However, it fell short of my expectations and did not really compare to the strong tug on my heart that I felt when reading Just One Day.

October 20, 2014

Thoughts On... Raging Star by Moira Young

This series is one that immediately caught my attention through the unique dialect and style of writing. But having read the last book over a year ago, I had to read the spoiler filled summaries of both Blood Red Road and Rebel Heart beforehand.

Previously, if I remember correctly, the books were written from the first-person POV of Saba. However, a different anonymous first-person POV, as well as Emmi's POV was introduced in this book to add a further element of mystery.

The pace of Raging Star was a bit slow, lacking the action that was prevalent in the previous books. Because of this, the final instalment of the Dustlands series was not as captivating, and had I not been reading this on the way to school as a way of avoiding my habit of falling asleep, it would have taken me so much longer to finish. The book started becoming more captivating about halfway through though, I was in such a trance that I nearly missed my bus stop. Nearly.

However, I still really liked the ending. Quite a few surprising twists that were thrown at me, and not the kind of story that ends with a cute little bow on top. Albeit most books do come with traumatizing events along the way, I have to say that halfway through this book, I no longer anticipated the happy ending we get so often.

There were so many final lessons to be learned that were beautifully interwoven along with the plot and characters. Moira Young has written such a beautifully crafted story about a girl who is extremely stubborn, head strong and sometimes selfish in a selfless way. This story was full of contradictions, and a beautiful satire of wrongfully carrying out a common desire.

October 19, 2014

A Night Out

This week, by far, has been one of the most stressful weeks of my life. I had 2 exams, labs and a French project that are due next week, and more exams next week. Although I had a long weekend because of Thanksgiving, it wasn't really a break as I was basically working my butt off the entire weekend. All of that is just to explain my absence from the blog for the past little while, and probably for the next few weeks or months as well.

In light of all of that, yesterday night, my family and I went out for dinner at Earl's and this is what I wore. :)